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Old February 14th, 2014, 07:29 PM   #21
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PESA delivers first DMU to Belarus
14 FEB, 2014


Photo: Belarus Railways

Polish train builder PESA has delivered the first diesel-multiple unit (DMU) to Belarus Railways (BC).

The first of three DP3 DMUs will now undergo testing and certification before entering service.

Two more trains will arrive between March and April.
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Old February 15th, 2014, 04:23 AM   #22
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Thanks for update!
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Old April 29th, 2014, 05:28 PM   #23
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Belarus gets set to introduce five-car Flirts
April 29, 2014



BELARUS Railways (BC) will introduce five-car Stadler Flirt EMUs on Minsk - Baranovichi, Minsk - Orsha, and Baranovichi - Brest services on May 1, replacing four-car Flirts which will be transferred to the recently-electfied Minsk - Osipovichi - Bobruysk line.

The five-car Flirts arrived in Belarus in late 2013 and early 2014 and have since undergone testing.

BC is also set to replace its DR1B DMUs on the Minsk - Vilnius line from May 1 with three DP3 EMUs manufactured by Pesa, delivery of which was completed this month. In addition Russian Railways (RZD) has transferred its fleet of 40 Skoda ChS8 locomotives from the Timoshevskaya depot on the North Caucaus Railway to the Vyazma and Bryansk-2 depot in order to serve the Vyazma - Minsk - Brest and Sukhinichi - Bryansk - Kiev lines.
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Old November 9th, 2014, 05:39 PM   #24
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New PESA trains are now in service between Minsk-Passazhirskiy and Minsk Airport stations, all pictures are taken from here:





Airport station:





The route consists one intermediate stop - Smolevichi. In grey - bus service between station and airport:





Smolevichi station:

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Old November 10th, 2014, 10:48 PM   #25
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what is a frequency of the airport train and how long does trip takes by train and bus? how long is a bus route? any plans to expend railway till airport?
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Old November 11th, 2014, 01:37 AM   #26
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This is a lightly used airport. There are five round-trips per day.

In the below schedules, the top red circle represents Minsk central station, the next circle is Smolevichi station (suburban Minsk), then the next station is Airport ostanovochnyi punkt which translates to "stop point" - a stop without a stationhouse consisting solely of a platform, as can be seen in the photo above.

The bottom red circle shows time that bus arrives at airport terminal. As you can see, the train takes about 54 minutes and then the bus another 5-10 minutes (giving the passengers a few minutes to connect from train to bus). The most typical of ex-Soviet cities, Minsk does not have much of a highway infrastructure, resulting in congested arterial streets at rush hour. Neverthless, the train's time of travel is not particularly competitive with driving or taking the 300E express bus from central bus terminal (across street from central rail station) or Uruchye metro station or driving. Perhaps during rush hour the train gets to the airport faster than bus/driving.

Train station is 700 meters away from airport terminal. One-way fare: BYR 25000 (USD 2.33). Max speed: 112 kph (70 mph)

In each frame below, the left column shows airport-bound schedule, the right column shows city-bound schedule. Times of connecting domestic railway services and international flights are also shown.











Source: http://www.rw.by/passengers_services...lines/shedule/

Here are some more photos (source: http://citydog.by/post/aeroport-elektrichka/)

















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Old November 11th, 2014, 01:57 AM   #27
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Here is a map of the route. The train goes to Smolevichi and turns around.

Source: http://gigamir.net/agenda/internet/pub1241839

The consensus of the blogs is that this is dumb and reflects poorly on the country. It is not known why the railway was not built all the way to the terminal.

http://people.onliner.by/2014/11/07/poexali-poleteli
https://www.belaruspartisan.org/print/?ID=285535
http://minsknews.by/blog/2014/11/07/...sya-na-poezde/
http://gigamir.net/agenda/internet/pub1241839
http://blisch.by/airport-train
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Old November 11th, 2014, 10:28 PM   #28
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AFAIK, they needed to reclassify land-use of patch of land near terminal, or something like that, but they hurried so much, that decided not to :facepalm:
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The consensus of the blogs is that this is dumb and reflects poorly on the country. It is not known why the railway was not built all the way to the terminal.
Of course it's not the right solution but I've read they are doing work in phases and in the next phase the train will connect more directly and it is expected to take 30 minutes instead of an hour. I guess this is not the only project in the country and I am sure this is a better solution then not to have anything at all. Let's hope the second phase commences soon.
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I am sure this is a better solution then not to have anything at all.
I wouldn't be so sure.
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So do you walk around naked just because you can only afford basic clothing? That's the logic you are promoting.
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So do you walk around naked just because you can only afford basic clothing? That's the logic you are promoting.
There is already a quick bus connection to airport, which hasn't reached its capacity yet.
At the moment, train offers no real advantages over road connection.
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Old November 17th, 2014, 11:04 PM   #33
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So do you walk around naked just because you can only afford basic clothing? That's the logic you are promoting.
I am wondering if the resources used to build something that was not necessary could have been used for something else. Really a waste of freshly built Polish rolling stock methinks.
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From Railway Gazette:

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Stadler opens Belarusian factory
24 Nov 2014







BELARUS: President Alexander Lukashenko attended the opening of Stadler’s factory in Fanipol on November 20.

The factory was built on a greenfield site in the town outside Minsk and will be used for the production of Kiss and Flirt trains, as well as trams, for the CIS market.

The total cost of the factory was €73m, with the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development providing loans worth €26m.

In 2007 Stadler AG created a joint venture with the Minsk Region Executive Committee, which included the tram and trolleybus manufacturing facilities of local rolling stock maker Belkommunmash. Stadler subsequently bought out the minority stake to become the sole owner of Stadler Minsk in May 2014
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Roman Zhukov photo
Airport-bound train at Minsk central station
http://parovoz.com/newgallery/index.php?ID=497247
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Old December 13th, 2014, 02:24 AM   #37
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Belarus should improve its railway network with EU's country: Poland and Lithuania. I think if Belarus does that they would become more independent from Russia. Rails such Minsk - Vilnius, Minsk - Warsaw and Minsk - Kiev will turn Belarus economy less dependent on Russia.
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Belarus Railways is now reporting on social media that by Dec 2015 a plan will be developed to add a third track between Minsk and Smolevichi and a connection allowing trains from Minsk to go directly to the airport (black line below) instead of going to Smolevichi and turning around in order to proceed to the airport (red arrows below).

https://vk.com/page-5473919_49968638

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Old January 27th, 2015, 04:30 PM   #39
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From Railway Gazette:

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Gauge-changer installed at Belarus-Poland border
27 Jan 2015



BELARUS: Belarus Railways has installed a Talgo automatic gauge-changer at Brest station, close the Polish border, and expects to obtain certification for it to be used by Talgo passenger trainsets during the first quarter of 2015

Installation required remodelling tracks and signalling and the installation of electrification equipment. The project is being implemented jointly by Belarusian Railways and Russian Railways, which has ordered three gauge-changing Talgo trainsets for use on Moscow – Minsk – Warszawa – Berlin services

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Old January 28th, 2015, 11:10 AM   #40
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DB might consider taking their ones - currently in storage - back in service and operate them in pool with the russian ones...
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